WB Goes IMAX on 20 More Films: 'Gravity', 'Godzilla', 'Transcendence'
by Alex Billington
November 15, 2012
Earlier today, news broke that Warner Bros and IMAX have partnered to continue to release more movies in IMAX (even if they weren't shot in IMAX). The two studios have been extremely successful so far with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and have struck a deal to "release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in the immersive IMAX Experience over the next three years, in an extension of the core partnership that began in 2003." Most of them are big "tentpole" movies like: Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. But the others?
Thanks to a list officially released on the IMAX blog (via Nolan Fans), we now know the entire line-up of 20 films over the next three years that Warner Bros is planning to release in IMAX. In addition to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness sequel (which was shot partially with IMAX cameras and is getting a 9-minute IMAX prologue in front of The Hobbit this December), there are quite a few other highly anticipated movies on the line-up that will be landing in IMAX. Here's the full list of WB IMAX films straight from IMAX.com:
Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (March 1, 2013)
Man of Steel 3D (June 14, 2013)
Pacific Rim 3D (July 12, 2013)
300: Rise of an Empire 3D (August 2, 2013)
Gravity 3D: (TBD)
Seventh Son 3D (October 18, 2013)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (December 13, 2013)
All You Need Is Kill 3D (March 7, 2014)
Godzilla (May 16, 2014)
Jupiter Ascending 3D (TBD)
The Hobbit: There And Back Again 3D (July 18, 2014)
Black Sky (TBD)
Tarzan 3D (TBD)
Fury Road 3D (TBD)
Journey 3 3D (TBD)
A few of the more important items to note: Alfonso Cuaron's delayed sci-fi Gravity is going 3D (and IMAX) next year, with a release date still TBD; Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, which is still in the casting/pre-production stage, will also get IMAX releases - but will they be shot on IMAX? Pfister said no: "I'm planning on shooting my movie on film, 35mm anamorphic." In addition, the Wachowskis' big new sci-fi project Jupiter Ascending is also going 3D and IMAX, and I'm curious to see if they consider shooting on the format. The only other project to note is George Miller's Mad Max movie Fury Road, also going 3D and IMAX. Lots of exciting movies on the horizon from this studio.
As I've mentioned time and time again, I'm a much bigger fan of IMAX when the movie was actually shot on the format, as I'm not a fan of the upconverting of 35mm film formats (which I think degrades quality not enhances it). But as long as they continue to push the industry with innovation and as long as filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Alfonso Cuaron and the Wachowskis embrace IMAX, it will continue to evolve and only get better. Exciting times for moviegoers lie ahead, and I'm anxious to see some actual footage from many of these. We'll continue to keep you updated and enthusiastic for all of these films.